> Freshman Admission: Apply to Whitney M. Young Magnet High School through > the Selective Enrollment High School admissions process: >
I'm not seeing any reason a school can't be selective. Schools for the deaf are selective: they select deaf students, although if you want to go to one, maybe because your siblings do and your ASL is top notch, and you can hear, maybe they'll make some exceptions. Good schools make exceptions in some parameters.
Lots of dormitory school situations, ala those proverbial military academies in picturesque Fall New England, colonial architecture, rich parents bringing junior to be educated, maybe for a career at West Point. The USA chain of command is shot through with such elitism, special schools, special operations.
So if I'm 16 and looking for adventure, why can't I log in to FedSchools.gov and find a long list of places that might be interested in my case / portfolio?
What's up with all the sameness, anyway? And why do you have to make it be a military thing, just because you want some elite academy training that maybe the local high school doesn't provide? Seems not only unfair, but a bad investment, as if all you have is a military, then every problem looks like it needs a war to solve it.
So we're agreed then. Lets dot the landscape with any number of selective schools. They don't need to be (should definitely not be) cookie cutter carbon copies of one another. And lets keep it going through college age while we're at it. I'm not saying instead of the military, I'm saying in a pie graph with a pie slice vis-a-vis the military.
As Obama said in his speech, we have these cowardly unpatriotic companies like General Dynamics that want to cram more M1 tanks down the Pentagon's throat (paraphrase) even when the Joint Chiefs have already said they don't want them (nor does their Commander).
Maybe we need schools to train up a next generation that knows how to fight back against this hijacking of Congress by lobbyists.
They'd need civilian skills, like how to be lobbyists, like how to hold their own in debate.
They'd need forensic skills, like the NFL is about.
These needn't be "leftist" academies. We can even train 'em to shoot straight.
But we don't have to make them obey orders through the military chain of command, how 'bout it?
Sounds too FDR I suppose, for those hawkish and hawk-like (often an affectation) who eat at the military trough 24/7. Not so many of those in Oregon, relatively speaking -- as in the DC area say, where Beltway Banditry is a way of life.